Countless Lives Inhabit Us by Fernando Pessoa, as Ricardo Reis
And then there’s this stanza, from Pessoa’s I Don’t Know How Many Souls I Have:
Attentive to what I am and see,
I become them and stop being I.
Each of my dreams and each desire
Belongs to whoever had it, not me.
I am my own landscape,
I watch myself journey –
Various, mobile, and alone.
Here where I am I can’t feel myself.
translations by Richard Zenith, from Fernando Pessoa & Co. (Grove Press, 1998)